Ideas and views from across the left
Christine Blower, 27 Aug 2015
In the final instalment of our aspiration series, Christine Blower argues that education is essential to fulfil the aspirations of the individual, but unless we also educate each other about building a society in which we all have the chance to flourish, the education system will not be enough.
Imogen Tyler, Bruce Bennett, 26 Aug 2015
In the second instalment of our essay series on aspiration, Imogen Tyler and Bruce Bennett argue that aspiration is a rhetorical device that seeks to whitewash a neoliberal economic and political project and the staggering inequalities it produces.
Owen Jones, 25 Aug 2015
In the first of our aspiration series, Owen Jones argues that for those on the left, aspiration should mean making common cause with those with similar problems, hopes and ambitions.
Dave Ward, 17 Aug 2015
The CWU is campaigning to defend postal services and decent employment standards in the postal industry, two elements of the public service this country relies on and can be proud of: the People’s Post. At the heart of this has to be an overhaul of regulation, stronger legislation to safeguard daily deliveries and the retention of a public voice in Royal Mail.
Geoff Tily, 7 Aug 2015
Geoff Tily looks at the latest ONS figures on debt and finds a worrying trend for young people
Dr Abigail Gilmore, 31 Jul 2015
Free access to museums is about sharing memory and knowledge. We must not take steps towards privatising this public good. e
Fran Bennett, 23 Jul 2015
Fran Bennett examines the implications of the change in child poverty measures.
Kevin Gulliver, 22 Jul 2015
Young people are giving up on their hopes of owning a home. But the government can ensure this isn't the case by building more social homes.
Richard Exell, 17 Jul 2015
As the prime minister boasted about the coalition’s jobs record, the reality was heading in the opposite direction
Tom Riddington, 10 Jul 2015
The Conservatives say the NHS is safe in their hands. But when poverty increases, our health system has to tackle the consequences.
Rebecca Winson, 9 Jul 2015
Rebecca Winson shares wish list for a budget that benefits the majority of people in Britain, instead of just the few.
Louise Haigh MP, Kevin Gulliver, Laura Pidcock, Craig Berry, Professor Prem Sikka, Liz Hutchins, Caroline Lucas, 8 Jul 2015
Seven experts give their response to yesterday's Budget.
Prof Malcolm Sawyer, 7 Jul 2015
George Osborne's 'budget surplus’ law is ill-defined and essentially unenforceable. It appears without any economic rationale as to why a budget surplus would be either desirable or indeed achievable in a sustainable manner. Instead, the central purpose of government fiscal policy should be provision of high quality public services and a progressive tax system with the balance between public expenditure and tax revenues designed to secure high levels of employment.
Professor Andrew Cumbers, 7 Jul 2015
Professor Andrew Cumbers shares his view of the the forthcoming budget.
John Earls, 7 Jul 2015
High quality jobs and a strong employee voice are crucial for sustainable, fair productivity growth and tackling the UK's long-term poor productivity record.
Rhona Friedman, 6 Jul 2015
It is hard to escape the conclusion that the assault on access to justice has been deliberately designed and timed. There is a justice grab going on here. As with health, education and housing the elites are engaged in a capture of excellence turning it into a silo of privilege.
Professor Tracy Shildrick, 26 Jun 2015
Although spared the embarrassment of a sharp rise in child poverty, the stagnation of the figures announced yesterday exposes this government's callous and listless approach to combating child poverty. Professor Tracy Shildrick outlines the scale of preventable child poverty.
Henry Stewart, 22 Jun 2015
The academisation of British schools is nothing more than ideology. There is no evidence that it drives up standards.
Duncan Bowie, 19 Jun 2015
A new report from SHOUT (Social Housing Under Threat) and National Federation of ALMOS urges the government to abandon its hands-off approach to housing.
17 Jun 2015
On 13 June the Guardian published a letter from 79 leading economists condemning the Chancellor’s plans to legislate for a permanent budget surplus. The letter was coordinated by Class, and has gathered a range of prominent signatories from across academia and economics.